**This tutorial was written using Photoshop CC. I believe the instructions should work with various other versions, but they are not tested on any other version. This tutorial is my own creation. Any similarity to any other tutorial is not done purposely or knowingly (aside from the fact that the process is pretty similar in most tutorials). If you do not know how to do some of the things I mention here (like mirroring an image, adding a drop shadow, resizing elements, etc.), check out my “Tips and Tricks” tutorial. **
PTU Tube – “Jeanne” by Designs by Norella. This beautiful tube can be purchased at the artist's store Designs by Norella.
PTU Kit- “Lake Days” by Michelle’s Myths. You can buy this beautiful kit at PicsForDesign.
FTU Mask – “Mask 08 – Focus” by Aeval Amore. You can download the mask from my blog, Aeval’s Art.
DS – Drop Shadow
Settings I use:
DS Settings - Blend Mode set to Multiply, Opacity set to 75%, Angle set to 120 degrees, Distance 5, Spread 0, Size 5
Open Paper 6 in a new canvas. Double click on the layer to unlock it.
Add the Mask to the canvas and resize if needed so it is the same size as the paper. Then drag the mask layer below the paper layer.
With the mask layer selected, select all (Ctrl + A) and copy the entire canvas (Ctrl + C). You will see dashed lines surround the canvas.
Click on the paper layer to activate it, then turn on quick mask (Press the Q key on your keyboard). The dashed lines will disappear and that is ok. Next Paste onto the paper (Ctrl + V) and turn your Quick Mask off (Q again).
You will now see a dotted outline of the mask on your paper. Press the button on the bottom of layers side bar that is a rectangle with a circle cut out of it. The mask will now show.
Right click on the paper layer and select Convert to Smart Image. This releases just the mask. The background layer of the mask will become invisible on its own.
Open a new canvas (Ctrl +N) 700 x 700, transparent background. This will be referred to as the working canvas in my directions when switching between canvases.
Add the combined paper and mask from above to the canvas. Resize to fit the canvas.
Add Element 28 to the canvas and resize to fit the width of the canvas. Position at the bottom of the canvas. Add DS.
Add your tube. Resize her to fit on the canvas. Move the tube layer below the grass layer. Position her on the left side so it looks like she is kneeling in the grass.
Add Element 91 to the canvas. Resize to fit the width of the grass. Move the water layer below the tube layer and position the water so that it is even with the grass and looks like a lake in the background.
Add Element 29 to the canvas below the lake layer. Resize to fit the width of the other grass layer. Position it so that it looks like grass rising above the opposite side of the lake. Duplicate the layer and move the copy layer below the original and position it so it is slightly above the original grass.
Add Element 36 to the canvas and position on the left side behind the poser’s feet to fill in the gap between the grass banks. Duplicate the layer and move the duplicated layer to the other side and fill the gap there.
Add another Element 28 to the canvas and position it in front of the bottom grass. Resize it so it fills in any spot where you want more fullness.
Voila! The focal point of your tag is now created.
Now decorate your tag with any of the fun elements from the kit. Resize the elements as you add them so they fit the proportions of your tag. Experiment with rotating them and mirroring them for more variety. In addition duplicate elements and use multiple times to fill in holes and add more pizzazz. In this tutorial to indicate when I used more than one of the same element I will add (X#) by the name to indicate how many versions of the element I used.
Here are the additional elements I used from the bottom layers up.
- Element 23
- Element 24
- Element 73
- Element 96
- Element 98 (x 2)
- Element 37 (x 2)
- Element 14
- Element 26
- Element 4
- Element 5
- Element 7
- Element 41
- Element 57
- Element 27
Add your license and copyright info to the tag.
Add name and any other text of choice.
Save as PNG and go share with all your friends!
Thank you for trying my tut! I’d love to see how your tags turn out so if you like what you made, please post a copy here or show me on Facebook!